Minnesota Family Law

Minnesota laws are created and revised by the actions of lawmakers and the courts, as in other states. Click on the links below to learn more information.

1.State statute
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period. No-fault
3. Equitable distribution or community property Equitable Distribution
a. Methods of apportionment
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA
b. Property distribution factors
4. Legal separation?
a. Waiting period/Separation period 180 days
5. Is mediation required Court may order for custody issues
6. Forms used
7. Alimony guidelines and factors
Alimony formula
a. Types
b. Term Limits
Cohabitation "Court may relieve party of judgment, decree, or order if equitable
MN ST § 518.145"
c. Imputing income
d. Change in circumstances
e. Ceases on retirement
Impute income on early retirement
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary
f. Definition of income
8. Child support factors and guidelines Child support factors and guidelines
9. Child support calculator Child support calculator
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed?
11. Valuation Complaint
a. Valuation date
b. Goodwill divisibility Personal goodwill is not divisible.  Enterprise goodwill is divisible. - Roth v. Roth, 406 N.W.2d 77 (Minn.App. 1987)
c. Standard of value Fair market value
d. Discounts
e. Shareholder/partner agreements Should be considered - n re Marriage of Petterson, 366 N.W.2d 685 (Minn. Ct. App. 1985
 12. Double dip  Impermissable double dip, not issue because personal goodwill not divisible
 a. Stock options  Hamlin v.Hamlin - The court found income from stock options was not considered for alimony, but the asset was considered for equitable distribution [1993 Minn App Lexis 1115]
 b. Retirement accounts  "Double dip not permissable - Kruschel v. Kruschel, 419 N.W.2d 119 (Minn. Ct. App. 1988) [553 NW 2d 90; 1996 Minn App Lexis 1040] -- or Walswick-Boutwell v. Boutwell, 663 N.W.2d 20 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003)"
 c. Child support
 13. Key cases  
 14. Premarital agreements  "Parties may preclude or limit modification of maintenance through
stipulation in private agreement MN ST § 518.552"
 15. Common law  


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